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Case of fearless Egyptian internet activist Esraa Abdel Fattah (aka “Facebook Girl”) taken up by international legal team

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16 Dec 2016

Egyptian social media activist, journalist and human rights defender, Esraa Abdel Fattah, has instructed MLDI and a team of international lawyers to challenge her continued mistreatment by the Egyptian State, including measures that prevent her from travelling outside of the country.

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MLDI publishes 2014 Annual Review

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24 Oct 2014

This year, with the imprisonment of three Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt on false news charges, press freedom issues made headlines around the world. News coverage of this scale is rare, but the sentences are not: oppressive governments around the world are increasingly using false news, criminal libel and national security laws to criminalise free speech.

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Alaa Abd El Fattah must be released, says UN group

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7 Jul 2016

UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention asks for release of Egyptian human rights activist and blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah, currently serving five years in prison for his participation in a peaceful demonstration.

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Explaining the Issues: False News

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8 Jul 2014

We have previously looked at how criminal libel and national security laws are increasingly being used to silence journalists. The third, and lesser known, law that is also used in this way is the criminalisation of publishing "false news".

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MLDI welcomes release of Fahmy and Mohamed

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23 Sep 2015

MLDI welcomes the release, today, of Al Jazeera Journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed. They were pardoned by President Sisi after they had been sentenced to three years imprisonment earlier this year for allegedly collaborating with the Muslim brotherhood.

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